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New Zealand receive Ross Taylor boost ahead of fourth ODI

Ross Taylor is expected to be fit for the fourth ODI against England
Ross Taylor is expected to be fit for the fourth ODI against England

New Zealand have received a much-needed boost ahead of the crucial fourth One-Day International against England with veteran batsman Ross Taylor declared fit.

Taylor, who scored a match-winning century in the first ODI in Hamilton sustained a quadriceps injury while diving on the field to avoid a run out and subsequently missed out on the third game in Wellington which the Black Caps went on to lose by four runs.

The 33-year-old said that he had repeated hits in the area during the training session and credited David Willey for having him run out at a crucial juncture in the Bay Oval game.

“Should be fine for tomorrow. It’s nice to be ready to play,” he told reporters in Dunedin ahead of the game at University Oval.

“I’ve had massages on it, acupuncture, stretching and swimming.

“I got hit during the game in Hamilton, then hit on the same spot in training twice. The leg was saying it had had enough then Willey got me.”

Taylor's absence was dearly felt by New Zealand as they struggled through the middle overs to make an impact. Kane Williamson scored a terrific ton that went in vain in the third game but Henry Nicholls have managed scores of 0,1 and 0 in the series while Taylor's replacement Mark Chapman has scored 1 and 8 in the two ODIs so far.

England currently have a 2-1 lead in the five-game series.

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